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St. Paul says in 1 Cor 12:7, "To each is given a manifestation of the Spirit for some benefit".
Dynamic parishes function with many gifted leaders, members of ministries, and ordinary Catholics.
However, as noted above, few can identify their spiritual gifts called charisms, by name. Charism
discernment enables both discovery and learning about not only one's own charisms but those of
others. This is what enables parishes to give personal invitations to their parish members and
engage them in their giftedness.
ST. JOHN PAUL II
In Novo Millenio Ineunte (2000), St. John Paul II challenged Catholics to "put out into the deep" to
transform parishes into Schools of Prayer, Holiness, Communion, and Evangelization. To respond to
this challenge we must realize that we will only be successful if we go out under the Anointing of the
Holy Spirit, with His Gifts for our mission -- just as His apostles and disciples did after Pentecost!
MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP demands that we not only uncover our
spiritual gifts, called charisms, but more importantly that we come to use
our gifts intentionally in our mission to Proclaim the Kingdom of God to
all those we encounter in our daily lives. God bestows charisms on us as
spiritual "tools" for our mission to bring Christ to the world and the
world to Christ!
Most Catholics sitting in the pews on Sunday, those involved in parish
ministries and even ministry leader have never been given the opportunity
to uncover their spiritual gifts. Yet, we all have them, for as
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The laity can also feel called, or be in fact called, to cooperate with their pastors in the service of the
ecclesial community, for the sake of its growth and life. This can be done through the exercise of
different kinds of ministries according to the grace and charisms which the Lord has been pleased to
bestow on them.
SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 4:10-11
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s
grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of
God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God
may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and
teachers,i12to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,* for building up the body of Christ."
Finally, imagine if your parish had a database with every parishioner's charisms so that you could
call upon them to manifest their charisms in the areas of greatest need in your parish!
|Becoming a Missionary Disciple demands that each one of us
"live in the Spirit and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit"
Are parishes focused on renewing their people by leading them into a
deeper 'Life in the Spirit" and helping them
discern their spiritual gifts for their work as missionary disciples?
If not call us and we will be happy to speak with you and share ideas.